Light winds filled the first day of competition. This meant that the riders took the chance to prepare their gear, enjoy catching up with each other after a long winters break and make the most of the activities on offer.
Heading in to the afternoon we saw the crowds start to build for the first round of the tow-in qualifications. The format will see groups of 9 or 10 compete against each other over the next 3 days, the top 3 of each round will pass through to the final on Wednesday, whilst one lucky loser (with the highest score) will also make it, resulting in a final heat of 10 riders. Each rider gets 2 runs to impress, with the judges scoring, style, execution and technical skill.
Today we saw 9 riders take part, the list can be seen below.
After the first round it was clear to see that despite little training the level had increased yet again. There was not one rider who couldn’t pull off a good attempt at a double move or a solid power move, everyone was pushing for the podium position. In the end Adam Sims, from the UK, finished with the highest result, of which he could hold through the entire second round as well.
Meanwhile Tonky Frans, from Bonaire, also grabbed 2nd place and continued with this through the second run, the 3rd and final place came down to a close battle between the other Brit in the fleet, Max Rowe, french styler Nicolas Akgazciyan and Amado Vrieswijk, also from Bonaire. With Nicolas taking 3rd in the first round, it was a nail biting few minutes as Amado stuck a clean funnel into funnel with a little pirouette at the end. This bumped him up to 3rd and pushed Nicolas down to 4th. Nicolas, up next, came flying in and launched into a powerful burner but became stuck when he tried to bounce into a funnel, whilst Max Rowe had done enough with a clean one handed burner to secure 4th and put him in good position to take the final ‘lucky losers’ place. With two days to go, there are still 7 places up for grabs. Stay tuned for our daily updates.
Read the report from day 1 on the next page.